Winter tyres: what are they?? Why you should be using them during winter months rather than normal tyres??
There is a total lack of awareness about winter tyres. Either motorists are not aware they exist or they think that a winter tyre can only be used in heavy snow or ice.
Drivers will benefit from using winter tyres on slush, ice, frost and even wet roads. In fact any time the temperature dips below +7 degrees centigrade, you’re better off on winter tyres. They will give you more grip, and help you stop in a shorter distance than would be possible on normal tyres.
Unlike summer tyres (everyday standard tyres in the UK), winter tyres do not harden at lower temperatures. That means they give you a much better grip on the road and the ability to stop in a shorter distance than when using standard tyres in the same conditions so improving your safety on the road.
What’s the difference between a winter and a summer tyre?
The rubber compound of a winter tyre is very different to a summer tyre. It is designed specifically to work in temperatures under +7 degrees centigrade. By not hardening up it allows the rubber to grip the road more effectively.
When should I change to and from Winter tyres?
Usually around October. This is when, in the UK, the average temperature starts to drop below 7 degrees so it becomes safer to drive on Winter tyres.
How do I change tyres?
Ask your local tyre retailer. Our preferred tyre supplier, DSW Motor Factors of Creswell offer a service where they will change the tyres over for you from summer to winter tyres, and you can put your other set into storage until March when the temperature starts improving. Then they will change them back for you, and by having them check your tracking when they change them, you will ensure your tyre wear becomes more even (Free of Charge to check) you only pay if your alignment needs adjusting.
By looking after your tyres you will improve your economy and safety.
Why do your tyres matter so much?No matter how much money you have or haven't spent on your car, the only contact your car has with the road is the four bits of rubber holding the road.
Buy the best tyres you can afford, and look after them. Your life depends on it.